“I’m a slow reader,” say many of my friends that do not like to read, or have trouble reading for school.
My boyfriend’s brother often says this, but my boyfriend suggested this program “spreeder” that trains the brain to read and comprehend faster. It flashes the words in front of you at whatever speed you set it at. It says the average user reads at 300 wpm, but it lets you play with different speeds as well as how many words are on screen at once. It claims that it can train you to go up to 1000 wpm, which I tried and found very challenging. It gave me a bit of a headache.
What I think is even more interesting than the concept of training your brain to read faster, is how the website pitches its product:
Read 3x Faster and be More Productive in Life
I love that they claim that this will make you more “productive” in life. While reading faster may make it easier to get work done faster, it is likely that you may not be able to comprehend as much or at least have as deep of an understanding of a text. Heck, some texts require multiple readings at a slow pace. While I like the idea of reading faster, I am skeptical of the depth of comprehension this brings.